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Game 7 Of The Stanley Cup Final

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Martin Brodeur, Dominik Hasek or Patrick Roy, who starts for you in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final?

Or maybe someone else?

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  Tags: dominik+hasek, martin+brodeur, patrick+roy

Dealing With Alexander Semin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

It appears Bill Peters’ patience is being tested by Alexander Semin.

Peters, the Carolina Hurricanes' first-year coach, on Tuesday made some pointed remarks about Semin, the $7-million-a-year winger who again will be a healthy scratch Tuesday when the Canes host the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Semin, who has sat out nine of the past 13 games, has one goal and seven assists in 26 games this season. Peters has said a number of times that Semin needed to be in better physical condition and able to play at an NHL pace, and Semin has gotten in extra skating sessions after practices and morning skates....

Asked Tuesday how frustrating it has been to get so little out of Semin this season, Peters said, "Well, it's not frustrating for me. We just play the guys who dig in and work and play with speed in both directions and play hard. It's not hard."

Peters said he has had several discussions with Semin but said, "Obviously something's not right. Talk is cheap, though, right?...

"I talk about competitive people being in a competitive environment and we want to win. We are playing our best 20 players in order to win hockey players. That's the lineup. It's not hard."

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  Tags: alexander+semin, bill+peters

St. Louis Blues Make Martin Brodeur Retirement Official

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

(Jan. 27, 2015) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that goaltender Martin Brodeur will announce his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL) on Thursday at Scottrade Center.  Armstrong also stated that Brodeur will remain with the organization in a management role.  The Blues will hold a press conference for the announcement on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and attendees will include Brodeur, Armstrong and Blues Hall-of-Famers Bernie Federko, Brett Hull and Al MacInnis.  Neither the Blues or Brodeur will comment on the announcement until Thursday’s press conference.

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  Tags: martin+brodeur

Red Wings-Panthers game-day articles: Panthers harbor Wild Card ambitions; Cleary returns (again)

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings will tangle with a team that's had a surprising amount of success in Detroit in the Florida Panthers this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/FS Florida/97.1 FM), and while the Panthers sit some 13 points behind Detroit (with 3 games in hand), the team sounds incredibly confident about defeating the Wings, per a FloridaPanthers.com video...

And NHL.com's Alain Poupart's game-day article, which notes that the Panthers are only 5 points behind the Wild Card-slotted Bruins:

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Wings Ready To Go

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"We should be fresh and ready to go," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said after the morning skate. "Obviously, in these games taking care of the puck is going to be key because we don't seem to be quite as smooth as you like but that's always a priority when you first come back. Keeping your shifts short and trying not to get caught in your own zone so you don't get worn out, especially early in the game."

The Red Wings have only one lineup change from their previous game, as Daniel Cleary is in for Teemu Pulkkinen, who was reassigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins following last Tuesday's 5-4 shootout victory over Minnesota. Pulkkinen played in Monday's AHL All-Star Game.

Tomas Jurco (lower back pain) skated again but isn't quite ready.

"I like putting Jurcs in but the trainers won't let him go," Babcock said. "I'm hoping he's ready to go Thursday, so Cleary will go in the lineup."

This will be Cleary's first game since Jan. 7 and just the second time he has played in the past 14 games.


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Report- Martin Brodeur Will Retire And Join the St. Louis Blues Front Office

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Martin Brodeur is stepping away from the crease and joining the St. Louis Blues front office, Sportsnet has learned.

The NHL’s all-time winningest goalie made the decision after taking a break from the NHL team to ponder his future. Two sources confirmed that Brodeur took the Blues up on the offer of an executive role.


added 1:23pm,


added 1:35pm, via Rich Chere tweets,

Lou Lamoriello says Martin Brodeur will be back with Devils but will finish this season in Blues' front office.

Lamoriello: "He could've come here if he wanted."

"...to stay. I certainly understand. Marty and I have been in constant contact." 

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  Tags: martin+brodeur

Watching The 2015 NHL All-Star Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


Compared to...


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Detroit Red Wings Skating In Sunrise

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Based on the skate this morning at BB&T Center, looks like Cleary is in tonight. Jurco (back) still out. They're not calling up Pulkkinen.


Lashoff (scratch)-Kindl (IR, elbow)

Updates as needed..

added 11:49am, via Khan,

Power-play units:
Nyquist-Zetterberg=Weiss, Abdelkader (net front), Kronwall

Datsyuk-Tatar-Sheahan, Jurco (net front), DeKeyser.

Jurco didn't take part in line rushes, so he might be in power play practice just holding the spot for Cleary, who's practicing on PK.

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Red Wings-Panthers morning skate Tweets: Luongo starts for FLA; waiting on Jurco

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings open the "stretch" against the Florida Panthers this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/FS Florida/97.1 FM), and the Panthers took to the ice first in Sunrise, as noted by the Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Filakov:

Thornton still not ready.but close #flapanthers


Petr Mrazek will be in net for Red Wings tonight with Howard injured #flapanthers


No sign of Trocheck Guess he's staying in minors esp with Thornton close to return #flapanthers

Of text-related note:

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Drawing Penalties

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Travis Yost of TSN,

If there’s an individual skill that really remains underutilized by analysts and fans right now, it’s the ability of a player to draw penalties for his respective team. While the vast majority of a hockey game is played at even-strength, there is still a swath of goals scored on special teams. Getting your team into that position, of course, has value.

Most importantly, drawing penalties has been identified as something of a repeatable talent, meaning that players who exhibit ability to consistently draw penalties will likely continue to do so. Broad Street Hockey investigated this in great detail in 2013, and concluded that drawing penalties is a “real talent that a player possesses”. 

The one caveat to drawing penalties as it pertains to goal differentials (and, ultimately, adding wins to the standings) is that the inverse is also true – players who take a lot of penalties cost their team valuable goals. So, drawing penalties has value, but it’s only valuable to the extent that the player does not give those penalties back in the form of penalties against.

Let’s try and identify some of the league’s best and worst players on this front. 


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